Mbalula slammed for calling Karabo a ‘beautiful yellowbone
The police minister appeared to crack a joke during a speech about how it was unacceptable for men to be killing beautiful women.
In a video clip that has elicited much comment on social media, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula can be seen addressing an official event in Soshanguve and discussing the problem of crime in South Africa.
He then rants about the fact that a man was recently arrested for killing “such a beautiful girl, [a] yellowbone”.
Mbalula was referring to the sensational murder of Karabo Mokoena, who went missing about two weeks ago. Her charred remains were discovered this week and Mokoena’s uncle Tshepo wrote on Facebook that her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe, had confessed to killing and burning her body.
Mantsoe was arrested on Thursday and appeared in court on Friday. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 24 and he requested to be held at the Norwood Police Station.
There has been criticism on social media of the fact that many women are abused and murdered in South Africa, but few of their cases receive the same kind of intense coverage that Mokoena’s has, with a few commentators suggesting this may be because few of them are as “attractive” as Mokoena was.
The minister appears to have played into this narrative, implying that the lives of “beautiful” people are somehow more important. The term “yellowbone” has also been much criticised, because it implies that lighter-skinned black women are supposedly more aesthetically pleasing than darker ones.
EFF leader Julius Malema responded to the video clip of Mbalula by tweeting, “He banna,” an expression of severe disapproval.
Another user tweeted: “Mar dai man! Is it about beauty or a crime committed?”
Others were equally shocked that the minister could have been trying to crack what seemed to be an attempt at a joke about such a serious matter while the victim’s family was still in mourning.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi wrote: “We are doomed, I tell u now! If anyone thinks there is a future leader in the ANC. Here is Mbalula making a complete fool of himself.”
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